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HARDWOOD PLAY EQUIPMENT
ROBINIA PLAY EQUIPMENT
MATERIALS
WARRANTY
SPARE PARTS
PLAY SAFETY

PLAYGROUND

EQUIPMENT

Duncan & Grove is a playground equipment design, manufacture, and installation company with over 9 years experience building award-winning playgrounds. We manufacture a range of high-quality natural play equipment as well as building large bespoke playgrounds. Our products are hand crafted out of hardwood that doesn’t require chemical treatment so they are durable and kind to the environment.

We have over 200 products in our catalogue range. We make all of our own equipment at our West Sussex facility so we can adapt our existing catalogue products to suit your needs or we can design and build something entirely new. Flexibility and adaptability are at the heart of our business, our objective is to design what you want and build it in a way that will last. Our catalogue is based around natural playground equipment and is separated into two different ranges; hardwood playground equipment and robinia playground equipment.

natural playground equipment log climbing frames
Log Climbing Frame No.2
playground equipment oak climbing frames
Climbing Frame No.6
natural playground equipment robinia climbing frames

Robinia Climbing Frame No.4

playground equipment oak climbing nets
Climbing Net No.3
natural playground equipment robinia climbing nets

Robinia Climbing Net No.1

playground equipment hammocks
Robinia Hammock No.1
outdoor fitness equipment

Lifting Beam

playground equipment handrails
Handrail No.1
playground equipment jumping discs

Jumping Discs

playground equipment monkey bars
Monkey Bars No.8
playground equipment musical chimes

Musical Chimes

playground equipment playhuts

Play Hut No.1

playground equipment telephones

Playground Telephones

playground equipment sand and water play

Log Trough

playground equipment seesaws

Seesaw No.2

playground equipment slides

Tube Slide

playground equipment oak swings

Swing No.5 Accessible

natural playground equipment robinia swings

Robinia Swing No.1 Basket

natural playground equipment teepees
Teepee No.1
playground equipment trim trail
Climbing Ramp
natural playground equipment robinia trim trails

Stilted Balance Beam

playground equipment timber shelter

Timber Shelter No.1

playground equipment tunnels

Tunnel No.1

playground equipment windmill flower

Windmill Flowers

play equipment

HARDWOOD

PLAYGROUND

EQUIPMENT

Our hardwood range is made from large section sawn reclaimed and FSC certified beams. These are more geometrical in appearance than our robinia playground equipment however the nature of the hardwood with the grain of the wood and size of the beams creates a tactile organic feel. We design and build all of our hardwood playground equipment at our workshop in West Sussex meaning we can adjust our designs to your needs. Within our range we have climbing frames, climbing nets, hammocks, play huts, swings, trim trails and more. If you don’t see something you are after in our range let us know and we can design and build it for you.

CLIMIBING FRAMES
CLIMBING NETS
FITNESS EQUIPMENT
HAMMOCKS
MONKEY BARS
PLAYHUTS
SEESAWS
SWINGS
TRIM TRAIL
PLAYGROUND TUNNELS
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HARDWOOD

We use a range of naturally very durable hardwood with a life span in excess of 25 years in ground contact. The main species we use are greenheart, opepe and ekki. These are used not just for their toughness but because they are less prone to cracking than oak or sweet chesnut. We offer a 20 year warranty against greenheart, opepe and ekki in ground contact and a 25 year warranty for out of ground contact. The reclaimed beams are sourced from costal installations such as piers, jetties and sea defenses. Our reclaimed beams go through the following process:

  • Beams are jet washed clean to remove dirt, loose knots, rot, and to allow us to identify the correct species.
  • Any metal is removed from the timber.
  • The timber is sawn and planed to the correct size.
  • Holes are plugged with hardwood dowel.
  • Beams are sanded smooth.
  • It is treated with a high-quality protective uv oil.
play equipment reclaimed timber

RECLAIMED GREENHEART

These beams came from the restoration

of the Woolwich Ferry Terminal

play equipment cross bolting

METAL REMOVED

Any metal that might damage

blades is removed.

play equipment cross bolting

CUT TO SIZE

Beams are cut to size removing the outer

layer of weathered timber.

play equipment cross bolting

PLANED SMOOTH

The beams are planed smooth.

play equipment

HOLES PLUGGED

The holes are plugged with

hardwood dowels.

play equipment uv oil

SANDED SMOOTH

The reclaimed beams are sanded smooth.

play equipment uv oil

UV PROTECTIVE OIL APPLIED

The timber is treated with a high-quality

uv protective oil

play equipment uv oil

BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD

The result is a beautiful finish and timber that is ready

to begin the next 30 years + of its life

robinia playground equipment log climbing frame

ROBINIA

PLAYGROUND

EQUIPMENT

Our robinia range retains the natural form of the tree with natural twists and curves, creating structures that has an intrinsically organic feel. We only use the highest-quality robinia for the manufacture of our products. As robinia is naturally very durable so our robinia playground equipment does not require any chemical treatment.

CLIMIBING FRAMES
CLIMBING NETS
HAMMOCKS
HANDRAILS
JUMPING DISCS
PLAYHUTS
SAND & WATER PLAY
SEESAWS
SWINGS
TEEPEES
TRIM TRAIL
WINDMILL FLOWERS
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ROBINIA

We use the highest-quality robinia to manufacture of our products. The robinia used in our play equipment goes through a rigorous five step pre-treatment process to ensure it’s quality. We offer a 15 years guarantee for robinia in ground contact and a 20 year guarantee for robinia out of ground contact.

  • Step 1 – Debarked and sanded smooth. Bark and sapwood are not durable and rot quickly so after the trees are felled they are debarked and the sapwood removed before being sanded smooth.
  • Step 2 – Rest the timber. We keep the timber at our yard allowing it to rest and air dry before use. The natural drying process lets us filter out timbers that have formed large cracks or splits during the resting period.
  • Step 3 – Knot removal. We carefully inspect each pole with only the highest quality poles being accepted. Knots are assessed to determine if they are sound. Too large and the timber is rejected. Small knots are removed, the timber treated and the knot plugged with hardwood timber dowel.
  • Step 4 – Cross Bolting. Robinia poles contain the boxed-heart of the wood and can split. The worst are selected out during the resting period but to reduce the risk further we cross bolt the ends with stainless steel bolts.
  • Step 5 – UV Protective Oil. We apply a coat of high-quality uv protective oil to our robinia poles to reduce the affects of graying, cracking and protect the timber.
robinia playground equipment timber poles

ROBINIA POLES

Naturally durable hardwood with a life expectancy

greater than 25 years.

ROBINIA

robinia playground equipment timber poles

ROBINIA POLES

Naturally durable hardwood with a life expectancy

greater than 25 years.

We use the highest-quality robinia to manufacture of our products. The robinia used in our play equipment goes through a rigorous five step pre-treatment process to ensure it’s quality. We offer a 15 years guarantee for robinia in ground contact and a 20 year guarantee for robinia out of ground contact.

  • Step 1 – Debarked and sanded smooth. Bark and sapwood are not durable and rot quickly so after the trees are felled they are debarked and the sapwood removed before being sanded smooth.
  • Step 2 – Rest the timber. We keep the timber at our yard allowing it to rest and air dry before use. The natural drying process lets us filter out timbers that have formed large cracks or splits during the resting period.
  • Step 3 – Knot removal. We carefully inspect each pole with only the highest quality poles being accepted. Knots are assessed to determine if they are sound. Too large and the timber is rejected. Small knots are removed, the timber treated and the knot plugged with hardwood timber dowel.
  • Step 4 – Cross Bolting. Robinia poles contain the boxed-heart of the wood and can split. The worst are selected out during the resting period but to reduce the risk further we cross bolt the ends with stainless steel bolts.
  • Step 5 – UV Protective Oil. We apply a coat of high-quality uv protective oil to our robinia poles to reduce the affects of graying, cracking and protect the timber.
robinia playground equipment cross bolting

CROSS BOLTING

The beam ends are cross-bolted with stainless steel
bolts to reduce the effects of splitting.

robinia playground equipment domed nuts

HEAVY DUTY CONNECTIONS

We use heavy duty stainless fixings.

QUALITY

MATERIALS

Quality and durability are a central part of anything we design and build. We have considerable experience making wooden outdoor structures and know through that experience which materials stand the test of time, ensuring that all of our play equipment is easy to maintain and lasts a long time.

HARDWOOD PROPERTIES
ROPES & NETS
STEEL COMPONENTS
STEEL FOOTINGS
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playground equipment hardwood properties

HARDWOOD

TIMBER

At Duncan & Groves we only use naturally durable oak and robinia hardwoods from FSC certified sawmills. These timber species are both physically hard and naturally durable.

Robinia is grown in commercial quantities in Europe. The trees are generally coppiced providing smaller fast grown sections. This limits the diameter and length of timber available but means it is ideal for provding fast growing sustainable hardwood for playgrounds.

Robinia is classed as highly durable with a life span in excess of 25 years in ground contact without chemical treatment. Oak is classed as durable with a life span between 15 and 25 years in ground contact without chemical treatment.

Timber is made up of 3 major layers; bark, sapwood and heartwood.

  • The bark and sapwood are full of sugary starches and sap which attracts pests and forms rot. It is essential to remove these layers to help with the longevity of the equipment.
  • The Heartwood is the only part we use for manufacturing. It has the highest quality properties, is durable, robust and does not require any treatment.

ROPES &

NETS

We manufacture our nets in house. This allows us to adapt our designs quickly and easily to design changes, take accurate measurements before the net is made, and easily alter the net if required. We have mobile site presses so we can attend site at short notice to conduct any maintenance required ensuring your playground is fit for purpose and remains in use.

Our nets are made using high-quality:

  • Wire reinforced polypropylene rope
  • Aluminium ferrules
  • Stainless steel chain
  • Stainless steel chain connectors
playground equipment ropes and nets

ROPES &

NETS

playground equipment ropes and nets

We manufacture our nets in house. This allows us to adapt our designs quickly and easily to design changes, take accurate measurements before the net is made, and easily alter the net if required. We have mobile site presses so we can attend site at short notice to conduct any maintenance required ensuring your playground is fit for purpose and remains in use.

Our nets are made using high-quality:

  • Wire reinforced polypropylene rope
  • Aluminium ferrules
  • Stainless steel chain
  • Stainless steel chain connectors
playground equipment steel components

STEEL

COMPONENTS

Our steel components are manufactured from quality stainless steel and are available in either a brushed or polished finish. All of our stainless steel comes with a 30 year guarantee although the expected service life is much greater than this.

STEEL

FOOTINGS

We recommend the use of steel footings when installing timber playground equipment. The main factor determining the life span of wooden play equipment is the wooden uprights rotting at the point where they meet the ground. Although oak and robinia are naturally durable by using steel footings and lifting the timber out of ground contact you can significantly increase the longevity of the playground equipment. We offer 20 year guarantees on robinia and oak uprights on steel footings.

  • Hollow Section Steel Footings – Where the post is being supported entirely by the steel footing and is not part of a larger supporting structure, we use hollow section steel where the timber is inserted inside of the shoe. This allows a much larger lateral load to be placed on the post than would otherwise be the case.
  • Flitch Plate Steel Footings – Where the post is part of a larger structure that is self supporting and so just needs elevating from ground level with the steel footing we use a flitch plate design.
  • Mild or Stainless Steel – We offer steel footings in either mild steel that is hot dip galvanised or stainless steel. Stainless steel is superior in terms of aesthetics and longevity but is more expensive.
playground equipment steel footings

STEEL

FOOTINGS

playground equipment steel footings

We recommend the use of steel footings when installing timber playground equipment. The main factor determining the life span of wooden play equipment is the wooden uprights rotting at the point where they meet the ground. Although oak and robinia are naturally durable by using steel footings and lifting the timber out of ground contact you can significantly increase the longevity of the playground equipment. We offer 20 year guarantees on robinia and oak uprights on steel footings.

  • Hollow Section Steel Footings – Where the post is being supported entirely by the steel footing and is not part of a larger supporting structure, we use hollow section steel where the timber is inserted inside of the shoe. This allows a much larger lateral load to be placed on the post than would otherwise be the case.
  • Flitch Plate Steel Footings – Where the post is part of a larger structure that is self supporting and so just needs elevating from ground level with the steel footing we use a flitch plate design.
  • Mild or Stainless Steel – We offer steel footings in either mild steel that is hot dip galvanised or stainless steel. Stainless steel is superior in terms of aesthetics and longevity but is more expensive.
playground equipment warranty

WARRANTY

Quality and durability are at the heart of what Duncan & Grove do. We use high-quality durable materials to manufacture play equipment that is built to last and easy to maintain.

30 YEAR WARRANTY

  • Galvanised steel shoes and plates
  • Galvanised structural parts
  • Stainless steel fasteners
  • Stainless steel slides, fireman’s poles, monkey bars, ladder runs and other custom stainless steel play items

20 YEAR WARRANTY

  • Sawn oak timbers out of ground contact, including oak uprights supported by steel shoes
  • Robinia timbers out of ground contact, including robinia uprights supported by steel shoes

15 YEAR WARRANTY

  • Sawn oak beams in ground contact
  • Robinia in ground contact
  • Larch out of ground contact

5 YEAR WARRANTY

  • Surface finish of steel components; hot galvanization
  • Wet pour and tiger mulch safety surfaces
  • Movable metal parts.
  • Steel reinforced nets and ropes.
  • Seats and hangers.
  • Steel chains.

SPARE

PARTS

Duncan & Grove hold standard spare parts in stock and aim to deliver within 2 to 5 days.

If you need a replacement spare part then please email a photo of the equipment and the part in question to enquiries@duncanandgrove.com or call 020 7112 7551 and we will be in touch to confirm the details and either send you the part next day delivery or arrange attending site to install the item.

playground equipment spare parts

SPARE

PARTS

playground equipment spare parts

Duncan & Grove hold standard spare parts in stock and aim to deliver within 2 to 5 days.

If you need a replacement spare part then please email a photo of the equipment and the part in question to enquiries@duncanandgrove.com or call 020 7112 7551 and we will be in touch to confirm the details and either send you the part next day delivery or arrange attending site to install the item.

playground equipment play safety

PLAY

SAFETY

All of our playground equipment to is designed to be play safety compliant. As standard our designs comply with European Play Safety Standard EN 1176 and the American Play Safety Standard ASTM.

Our designs are inspected by independent play safety advisors and all of our playgrounds have an independent play safety inspection upon completion with a written play safety report being produced for the customer.